Treatment of Mental Disorders
Online psychological interventions
There has been continued growth in online psychological interventions both in research and as a way of delivering psychologist services. These interventions overcome barriers to accessing specialist programs and services, particularly in areas where such programs are non-existent. Researchers within the IMPACT SRC are collaborating with Stanford University after successfully obtaining funding from the NIH to further evaluate one of the first online self-help programs for Bipolar Disorder called MoodSwings.
Carer-burden in bipolar disorder is another focus. A Delphi study to develop guidelines for carers of people with bipolar disorder, and an intervention based on the results of the study, has been completed. This intervention is Internet-based, and is found at www.bipolarcaregivers.org. It is a rich source of information for adult caregivers of adults with bipolar disorder.
The large range of modern drugs available for the treatment of mental illness have helped improve the lives of thousands, perhaps even millions, of people who have suffered from mental illness. These drugs have helped people manage their illnesses, prevented or reduced the recurrence of illness and controlled symptoms of illness. Although people with mental health difficulties have benefited greatly from modern drug treatments, these treatments are also known to have risks. Researchers within the IMPACT SRC work to understand and reduce the risks associated with drug treatment of mental illness.